Pakistan Bans Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor

January 23, 2013 -

Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter have been banned in Pakistan by the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM). The group issued a boycott of the games because they depict Pakistan and the country’s intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence, as supporting terrorist group l Qaeda and jihadist organizations.

The circular handed out to shop owner members reads:

"The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II) have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games."

Saleem Memon, president of the APCDACTM in Karachi, said that "dozens of complaints" prompted the organization to ban the sale of the games and inform its members.

Speaking to a foreign news outlet, he said, "The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light."

An unnamed Pakistani security official told Fox News that they believe that these games are psychological warfare.

"These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan," he said "Not only should the original be banned, but the pirated version sales should be blocked also."

Despite the boycott the games can still be found in some stores.

"They are both hot sellers," Moeen Ali, owner of Islamabad’s largest game store, tells Fox News.

He said that he was unaware of the ban and that more than 5,000 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II had been sold in Pakistan since its release. Those numbers don't include the sale of the game on the black market (around $2 a copy). He says that his store his sold up to 1,000 copies of Medal of Honor.

"It’s not the first time a game has been banned or boycotted here,” adds Ali. “’Assassin’s Creed’ was banned in Pakistan because Muslims found content offensive and I stopped selling it."

Source: Fox News

 


 
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